Video Game: Tomba!

Tomba!, known as Tombi! in Europe and Ore! Tomba in Japan, is a cult-favorite 2D adventure series composed of two games starring a pink-haired jungle boy. Tomba must fight the Evil Swine, who have turned the world into a much darker place through the power of their own evil magic, using platforming skills across a fairly large game world.

The game is notable for its quest structure, in which you receive points for every objective completed, instead of just simply going from one point to the next as is the case with many platformers. Also, the plethora of hidden objectives made this a kind of Platformer-RPG fusion.

Two games were released for the PlayStation:
  • Tomba! 1997
  • Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return 1999 (known as Tombi! 2 in the UK and Europe and Tomba: The Wild Adventures in Japan)

Provides Examples Of:

  • Airborne Mook
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: In the first game, some quests gave you new pants which had different abilities.
    • The various suits in the second game, which allowed Tomba to do different things.
      • Taken to its literal extreme in the second game; for getting 100% Completion, you get a nicer set of clothes. That's it. Sure worth the countless hours you invested clearing every event, eh?
      • And to rub things in further, you can't even use the clothes in the game, as the game doesn't allow you a New Game+ once you've finished!
  • An Ice Person: The Ice Pig in 2.
  • Anime Hair: Tomba, to an extreme.
  • Ass Kicks You: In the second game, when wearing the Pig Suit, pressing X while in the air causes Tomba to take on a position similar to a cannonball. This is strong enough to kill any enemy that is immediately vulnerable by landing on them.
  • Awesome but Impractical: The "Iron Boomerang" in the first game, It has good range and can flat-out kill most if not all normal enemies in game. It can even kill a "NeedleGator" while it's still in it's shell (those extremely annoying blue alligator-like enemies with spiky brown shells in the Story Mountain area), But you can't even get it until just about the end of the game, and the earlier-acquired GrappleJack has many more uses.
  • Backtracking: Expect to do a lot of this if you want to get 100% Completion. In both games.
  • Badass Adorable: Tomba and Baron.
  • Bag of Spilling.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Evil Pig Curse over the Circus Village in 2 turns them into pigs.
    • Same thing with Baccus Village in the first game, with mice though.
  • Big Bad: The True Evil Pig in both titles.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Donglin Forest under the Evil Pig Curse in 2
  • Big Friendly Dog: Baron.
  • Blessed with Suck: Some enemies will turn you invisible in the second game, which sounds cool, until you realize that you can't use any of your clothes or interact with anybody.
  • Bottomless Pits: Lava Caves in the first game is riddled with these.
    • The second game has this happen to Pipe Area after defeating the Evil Fire Pig. There are also some gaps to fall into in Deep Forest, Kujara Ranch, and the Water Temple.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Masakari tribe, courtesy of the Jungle Pig.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In the first game, you start the game with the Blackjack, good for smacking around enemies. Outside of the Lava Caves (in Laughing Crying Forest in the second game), you get the Grapple, which lets you swing around and hang from walls and ceilings. If you complete the "Power Up for Tools!?" mission in the first game (or find the Tower of Wisdom in the second), you can get the Grapplejack (or Doka Pin in the second), which functions as both.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: Donglin Forest in 2
  • Casting a Shadow: The Ghost Pig in 2.
  • Clean Dub Name: The series is known as Tombi! in Europe, presumably because "tomba" is Italian for "grave".
  • Character Title
  • Chokepoint Geography
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In the first game, there were Red, Blue, and Green gems that gave you Fire, Water, and Wind powers.
  • Cool Old Guy: Kainen from the second game.
  • Cute Witch: Mizuno, who's actually referred to as such.
  • Damsel in Distress: Tabby in the second game.
  • Dark Action Girl: The Jungle Pig, the only female Evil Pig in 1. Also the Water Pig in 2 who despite her voice, is clearly female.
  • Death Mountain: Phoenix Mountain in the first game.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: In the first game, Baron is needed to open the last Evil Pig's gate. However, if he had not been given all of the healing items, or even if he was ignored entirely, he will be given to Tomba, fully grown, by the Million Year Old Man, who mentions he had been looking after Baron.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The Earth Pig is a big fan of this trope.
  • Drop the Hammer: Part of Tomba's arsenal, including the Fire Hammer and Torch Hammer in 2.
  • Elemental Powers: The Evil Pigs; in the first game: The Blue Pig, the Red Pig, the Green Pig, the Orange Pig, the Pink Pig, the Navy Blue Pig, and the Yellow Pig.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Only two elements, though, in the second game. Fire and Ice.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Golden Powder. See Invincibility Power-Up for more info.
  • Epic Flail: Tomba's main weapon.
  • Eternal Engine: Iron Castle in the first game.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Charles, although he's arguably reduced to The Scrappy on the second game.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: There is an item called Getwell Herb that is used for... getting well
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Excuse Plot: Specifically in the second game. Screw the plot, people play the game to bite pigs.
    Quick! Tabby went missing! She was captured by the Evil Pigs because they wanted her necklace for no reason whatsoever! You've got to save her by capturing them in colored purses! You may also deviate from your objective to do ridiculously unnecessary quests that add nothing to the story whatsoever, like transporting cement in a trolley, washing over sized chickens up, and guiding a worm through a series of booby-trapped seesaws so it can eat a leaf!
  • Eyepatch of Power: Yan's father wears one.
  • Fat Bastard: The Earth Pig in the sequel is really fat compared to his colleagues. If his claims are to be believed, he's 78% body fat.
  • First Town: The Fisherman Village in the second game.
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: Inverted. Somehow in the second game, Tomba forgets that he can swim!
    • In the opening cutscene, he jumped in the ocean & almost drowned. Tomba may have been traumatized by this and was afraid to swim again.
  • Gentle Giant: Gran.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In both games, there's one or more naked Cupid-like angels peeing on a fountain.
    • Also "the peach flower" and its "gas" in the first game.
  • Gold Fever: Gold powers the magic of the Evil Pigs. In both games the final arena where the True Evil Pig is fought is made of/full of gold.
  • Green Hill Zone: The Forest of All Beginnings in the first game.
  • Guide Dang It: Some of the side quests will require this.
    • Some of the side quests are so obscure that even finding them is enough of a hassle.
    • Two words from the first game that make everyone flinch, "Seven Friends". This is one of the last and mandatory quests in the game. The required friends are in random places all over the world, and when you find the first six, you might go crazy looking for the last friend only to find out that it's actually Baron.
    • The Evil Pig Gates may also count.
    • "Precious Ring" in the second. See Violation of Common Sense below.
  • Gusty Glade: Phoenix Mountain under the Evil Pig Curse in the first game.
  • Hamster Wheel Power: In the second game, the lift of Kujara Ranch is powered by a couple of Kujara (giant, rotund chick-like birds) running in one of these. Tomba needs to find their favorite food if he wants to go further.
  • Heart Container: In the first game, collecting Vitality Max items, which increase Tomba's health by one for each one he collects. Collecting the Golden Bowl increases the maximum amount of health Tomba can have from 8 to 16 total.
    • In the second game, collecting 2 Half Pots of Life (or the single Pot of Life) increases Tomba's health by one. Completing a certain quest involving Charles prompts the monkey to give him a fruit that allows Tomba to have up to 16 health.
  • Heroic Dog: Baron again, although defying the Evil Pig all by himself didn't work out well.
  • Heroic Mime: For some reason, Tomba seems to be fairly able to understand what people say, but he's unable to talk. In the second game, his Non-Human Sidekick is there to do the talk for him, and to serve as Mr. Exposition.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Hidden Village fits this trope exactly to the point where it actually is almost impossible to find.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Something Tomba is terribly guilty of, by stocking countless items, including living creatures and objects bigger than him, inside of his stomach!
  • Incendiary Exponent: The Jewel of Fire in the first game lets you do this. It also gives you the appropriate hair color.
  • Interchangeable Antimatter Key
  • Invincibility Power-Up: The Golden Powder in the second game. In order to get it, you have to get the Golden Moon, Golden Star, Golden Sun, Glacier Boomerang, Torch Hammer, and Doka Pin and then go to the Golden Tower and talk to the Pig Elder while wearing the Swimming Pig Suit. What you get for doing all of that is invincibility that you can enable and disable whenever and wherever you want.
  • Jungle Japes: Masakari Jungle in the first game.
  • Just Add Water
  • Lean and Mean: The Yellow Evil Pig in the first game.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The inside of Phoenix Mountain in the first game.
    • Also the Great Underground Mine/Pipe Area under the Evil Pig Curse in 2
  • Lost Forever: Break the Spiked Barrel on the first game and that's it! The event involving that Barrel will never be fulfilled! Goodbye, 100% Completion.
    • You're bound to miss a lot on your first playthrough due to this trope, and during your second play through (If you aren't using a guide) you're going to be scared to even touch anything that isn't plot-related.
    • Make sure that you have every side quest you want to do completed in Tomba 2, because once you enter the door with the final Evil Pig Gate, time will stop and you can only finish the main story.
    • In the second game, one of the Pots of Life in Kujara Ranch is well-hidden and can only be obtained before the curse is lifted.
  • Luck-Based Mission: All the boss battles in 1 are this. Essentially, you have to toss the pig inside the giant, rotating bag in order to seal it away.
  • Making a Splash: The Water Pig in 2.
  • Meaningful Name: The Toradako, those tiger-striped octopodes in 2, are named after tigers (tora in Japanese) and octopus (tako).
  • Meaningless Lives: In the first game. Was thankfully averted on the next one.
  • Mercy Invincibility
  • Messy Pig: The Evil Pigs, led by the Seven Evil Pigs (or Five Evil Pigs in the second game).
  • Metroidvania
  • Minecart Madness: One of the hardest side quests in the second game.
  • Mood Motif: In the second game, the music playing during a conversation or cut scene usually depends on the situation. For example, during a normal situation, peaceful music will play. Also, during a emergency or a serious situation, really frantic music will play.
  • Mooks: The different types of pigs found in both games, of course.
  • Mr. Exposition: Zippo takes the trophy, although there are a few others serving this purpose as well.
  • Ninja: Yan.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Zippo in the second game. Baron could also count.
  • Old Master: The first game has four of these! And they go up in age - from 100 to 1,000 to 10,000 to the Million-Year-Old Man.
  • Old Save Bonus: Several of the quests in the second game are only available if you complete a series of quests and have a save file from the first game (at the Grapplejack point or later).
  • Parasol Parachute: Charles's parasol from the first game.
  • Playing with Fire: The Fire Pig in 2.
  • Plot Coupon: The Evil Pig Bags.
  • Power Copying: In the sequel, defeating one of the evil pigs grant you a robe with the powers of said pig.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Judging by the dialogues in 2, it seems like the True Evil Pig is this. He even refers to his battle with Tomba as a "play".
  • Puzzle Boss: Besides the Evil Pigs, a few normal enemies also count.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The five evil elemental pigs in 2, including the Fire Pig, the Ice Pig, the Ghost Pig, the Earth Pig, and the Water Pig.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of the pigs in the first game wore pink and was male.
  • Red Ones Go Faster: In both games, red pants go faster. Or rather, wearing red pants makes Tomba go faster.
  • Remember the New Guy: Both Zippo and Tabby, introduced at the start of the second game. They are Tomba's friend and girlfriend, respectively, but were never even mentioned in the first game.
  • Remixed Level: Every level becomes one when it is lifted from the Evil Pig Curse.
  • Revenge of the Sequel
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Win's machine in the second game.
  • Running on All Fours: The Animal Dash move.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: What Tomba does to the Evil Pigs.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "It's a fire hammer. It's a hammer with the power of fire."
  • Shout-Out: Possibly coincidental, but an early task in the first game requires the rescuing of seven dwarves.
    • When the 100-Year-Old Man tells Tomba about the coming of the Evil Pigs, there is a scene in the FMV of the seven Pigs scattering all over the lands that is similar to the seven Dragon Balls scattering after a wish has been granted.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Kujara Ranch under the Evil Pig Curse in 2.
  • Smurfette Principle: Only one of the evil pigs in the first game is female, and no, it's not the Pink Pig. It's actually the Navy Blue one. I bet you didn't see that coming.
  • Speaking Simlish: Arguably in the first game. The second game was fully voiced.
  • Sprite/Polygon Mix: Both games, although the second game had a much higher proportion of polygons.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Present in both games...
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: ...until you do a couple of missions in the first game or get the Swimming Pig Suit in the second.
  • Taken for Granite: Baron in the second game. Fortunately, a bucket of Holy Water will cure him (and even if you don't, he shows up during the ending).
  • The Chosen One: Tomba is said to be this by the Million-Year-Old Man.
  • Time Stands Still: What the second game's final antagonist does to the rest of the world before the final confrontation. It's rather creepy...
  • True Blue Femininity: The Navy Blue Pig from the first game is the only female one.
  • Underwater Ruins: The Water Temple in 2.
  • Violation of Common Sense: In the second game, there's a sidequest where you have to fall into a very specific spot in the huge pit in Pipe Area in order to find a clump of mud with a Miner's Ring in it. Falling in the incorrect area is an immediate Game Over. At least Death Is a Slap on the Wrist.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Apparently, the voice actor for the Water Pig in 2 didn't realize that she was female, even if she refers to herself with feminine pronouns and has a clearly female-shaped body and lipstick.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Tomba in the first game. Less so in the second, where he can wear a variety of costumes.
  • Warp Whistle: The Wings and, later, Baron.
  • Wild Man: Tomba, our hero.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Tomba can wear the Water Pig Robe in 2. Despite what her voice would tell you, the Water Pig is female.
  • Wutai: The Hidden Village.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Everyone comments on Tomba's pink hair. It was even part of the ad campaign.

Alternative Title(s):

Tombi, Tomba